Community radio stations like WMPG, volunteer-run and open to all-- are becoming rarer as the pressure is on for even community radio stations to be focused on homogenous programming and revenue generation.
WMPG is diverse, broad in its content, and serves as a forum for those whose voices aren't heard elsewhere. From live bands, to live interviews, WMPG is how members of our community communicate with our neighbors. WMPG is an important asset to the health of our southern Maine communities.
WMPG belongs to all of us: It's our responsibility to take care of this asset, this unique and precious resource. There are so many ways to get involved, and a few times a year, we ask you to make a financial contribution to WMPG Community Radio and keep it healthy for the sake of community connection, free speech and public access to the public airwaves.
From our humble beginnings 40 years ago in a dorm room on the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine, WMPG has grown to a broad-reaching, eclectic radio station offering music, public affairs, talk and news programming 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. WMPG's recent power increase now brings our signal from York to Augusta and west to central New Hampshire.
WMPG's Fall 2014 Begathon starts September 17th and runs through Tuesday September 23rd. Regular listeners to WMPG know, this is not your average everyday pledge drive. Public and Community broadcasters all over the nation raise funds for their operations by pre-empting their usual programming to ask their listeners to support the broadcast service they enjoy. Nothing different there, except at WMPG, we call it a "Begathon."
"Yes, a Begathon - Why not call it what it is?" grins Station Manager Jim Rand. "At WMPG, we embrace the fun in asking our listeners to keep us going. They love us, we love them. Community radio is really a partnership in the deepest sense. Everyone is invited to this party for celebrating the great radio that is made by the people of Southern Maine."
WMPG maintains its regular programming during Begathon, but the programmers plan special features and often have special gifts for listeners who pledge during their show. "The emphasis is on fun," says Rand. "Celebrating radio that is the voice of the people of southern Maine. That's what you're supporting when you call."
So what do you think? Can we do this? There are thousands of friends receiving this message now. Now that we have "Powered UP" there are thousands more of your friends and neightbors receiving us. If everyone gave a small gift, we would raise the required funds to keep WMPG operating strong and robust for another 6 months! Donations can be made online at wmpg.org, click the PayPal donate button and give your gift electronically. Or call the Begathon hotline 207 874-3000 starting on September 17th, and an operator will quickly take down your donation information or stop in at WMPG, 92 Bedford Street and drop off your check.
To mail a check directly to us send to:
96 Falmouth St.
Portland, ME 04104
If you are inspired to give a substantial gift to WMPG, please contact Dale Robin Goodman, Development Director at 207 780-4151.
We also would like to thank the following businesses for helping out WMPG during our begathons!
On Friday morning, 9/12, USM Interim President David Flanagan visited the WMPG studios and spoke with long-time volunteer host Steve Hirshon about the challenges USM faces this year. The interview will air on WMPG this Monday morning, 9/15, from 8 to 8:30am, and is also available for download here.
One of the first things I noticed when I stepped into Board Chairman Adam Lee's office was the beautiful nature photography displayed on the walls. Turns out it's his work. But more about that later.
First, I was interested in finding out how a business partnership that started with a handful of used cars on consignment, and about $1,000, became a company with 14 new car franchises, 13 used car dealerships, and the highest volume car sales in all of Maine.
Lee Auto Malls has been family owned and operated for three generations. But as Adam Lee explained to me, more than 50 years of family work ethic is just part of the story. He credits the company's commitment to unparalleled customer service with much of the company's success.
Just how serious is Lee Auto Malls about customer service? To make sure that each customer's car-buying experience a positive one, there's an owner in every new car location. Every customer call and email is answered, personally. And owners and managers even share their email and cell numbers with customers.
Plans have begun for the 19th Annual WMPG CD/Record Sale. It all happens Saturday, November 8th at the USM Portland Sullivan Gym. Runs from 10am to 3pm.
We are currently accepting CD/Records/Turntables/Amplifiers & Speakers as donations for the sale! Call (207) 780-4424 or e-mail the firstname.lastname@example.org. Our crack team of drivers will quickly arrive at your house to clean away all those old records that are taking up space! We will then give you a receipt which can be used for a tax deduction! Thanks again for to everyone who already donated the records and CDs!
If you have never been to this event you won't believe how many records, CDs, books and music related items are for sale. Dealers from all over New England converge on Portland for this one day event. WMPG will also have thousands and thousands of records and CDs for sale. This event always draws hundreds of music lovers looking for hard to find items. We do suggest you get here early as there can be a long line to get in!
Twenty-five years ago then WMPG Program Director Ed Noyes loved blues music. He loved it so much he created the WMPG Evenin' Sun program, MPG's flaghip blues show still heard six nights a week from 5-7pm. He also took his love of blues to another level, helping create the Southern Maine Blues Society. To make this love complete he opened his own nightclub called Morganfields which brought the best national blues acts to Portland. The club was located where the Asylum now sits. Morganfields was nationally known as a club to play at with it's wonderfull atmosphere, sound and local support.
Well here we are twenty-five years later and Morganfields has moved on but the blues lovers in the area are still enjoying the blues with the Evenin' Sun shows and the Southern Maine Blues Society is now known as just the Maine Blues Society. To celebrate these twenty-five years they are putting on a 25th Anniversary Celebration and everyone is invited.
The Maine Blues Society would like you to know that in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Maine Blues Society, they cordially invite you to attend an event to honor our founding members. We are excited to have been part of the American blues music scene for the past 25 years and wish to express our gratitude to those who put in the effort to create and foster a community here in Maine that continues to encourage a passion for The Blues as the one true American art form. Current and former members of our society, such as yourself, continue to support the proliferation and popularity of Blues music and we are going to celebrate those efforts on Sunday September 7th, 2014 beginning at 1pm at The Tailgate, 61 Portland Rd, Gray, ME.
There will be appetizers provided....
The Tailgate blues jam will follow...
WMPG in partnership with Local Sprouts Cooperative, presented a screening of an acclaimed social justice documentary Shadows of Liberty about corporate control of the mass media. All proceeds from ticket sales benefited WMPG.
In Shadows of Liberty filmmaker Jean-Philippe Tremblay explores the darker corridors of the American media landscape, where global conglomerates call the shots. In highly revealing stories, renowned journalists, activists and academics give insider accounts of a broken media system. Controversial news reports are suppressed, people are censored for speaking out, and lives are shattered as the arena for public expression is turned into a private profit zone. Tracing the story of media manipulation through the years, Shadows of Liberty poses a crucial question: why have we let a handful of powerful corporations write the news?
The film features the voices of Danny Glover, Julian Assange, Dan Rather, Amy Goodman, David Simon, Daniel Ellsberg, Norman Solomon, Dick Gregory, Robert McChesney, John Nichols, Chris Hedges and many more.
Thanks goes out to everyone who joined us on Tuesday May 20th for pizza or two at Flatbread Pizza on Commercial Street in Portland. Flatbread donated $3.50 to WMPG for each pizza ordered between 5-9pm! Yea! Thanks Flatbread Pizza for supporting WMPG and all the other non-profits you support as part of this project!
Another huge thanks goes out to everyone who came out and supported WMPG at our 10th Annual WMPG Fashion Show Benefit! It featured local fashion designers presenting their works in a fast-paced, high fashion setting with a hometown touch. It all took place at Port City Music Hall in Portland.
The WMPG Fashion Show features creations from local designers presented by local models. From casual to formal clothes, accessories and more all crafted by local artists. Wild and daring, or sweet and sassy, our local designer community never fails to dazzle the Fashion show audience.
WMPG Artistic Director Cindy Flanders put together an amazing show, MC Cat Smith kept the models moving in stunning fashion and Technical Director Pete "DJPJ" Paraskevas produced the best WMPG Fashion Show ever! Nothing would have happened with them!
All proceeds from the Fashion Show benefited WMPG Community Radio. For more information about WMPG's Fashion Show Benefit, contact Dale Robin Goodman at 207 780-4151 or email@example.com or Cindy at Fashion@wmpg.org.
We also had a silent auction which included generous donations from Queen of Hats,
Life is Good,
aDiya Fine Jewelry,
Street & Co. Restaurant,
Corey & Co.,
Maine Rock Gym,
The Sun Room,
The Yoga Center,
Ferricchia Hair Salon,
Momentum Barber Shop,
Monkey C Monkey Do Adventure Park,
Aristelle Fine Lingerie.
40 years ago Howard Allen was attending USM, then known as UMPG, and was instrumental in creating WMPG!Thanks Howard! On 4/23/14 we had a live broadcast event and community gathering to celebrate the station's 40th Birthday. Howard attended and was interviewed by longtime WMPG'er Jessica Lockhart.
The celebration started at 10am with an hour of special programming originating from the station's studios. Howard dropped in then and was one of many to stop by.
The broadcast then moved to the Woodbury Campus Center for three hours of live remote radio, featuring a variety of local musical acts in various genres including Samuel James, Sean Mencher, a live Radio Drama (facilitated by Fred Greenhalgh), Pete Witham, David Jacquet and friends, and WMPG DJ Ronda Dale.
The party also featured birthday cakes and a history of WMPG display including news clippings and photos from 1971 to present day! The party was sponsored by WMPG, Portland Student Life and USM's Tourism and Hospitality program. Students in the TAH 410 Event Promotions class worked all semester to create and implement a marketing plan for our 40th Anniversary celebration.
Thanks to everyone who attended or listened in! It was a great time.
Wow - what a day. The turnout was huge this year for the 19th annual WMPG Cajun Cookin' Challenge. More than 500 people attended the event and when all the votes were counted we had a winner! Congrats to the Bayside Bowl took the honors this year. They served up a wonderful Shrimp and Andouille Sausage Gumbo, with Baby (King) Cakes. For the amateur division WMPG Station Manager Jim Rand took the honors with his tasty Land of the Lost Jambalaya.
Thanks to everyone who came out and supported WMPG at El Rayo Taqueria on Sunday as we were part of the and their Feed The Arts. El Rayo Taqueria is generously donates 10% of their profits on Sundays in the winter to area non-profits and on February 23rd it went to WMPG! They are located at 101 York Street in Portland and are open from 7 days a week from 11:00am to 9:00pm.
Check out their menu to see what was featured and if you happen to be there in the future let them know that you appreciate them supporting local non-profits like WMPG!
On Monday, December 2, WMPG presented the 11th Annual Bluegrass Spectacular at The Barn at Flanagan Farm. Local Bluegrass legends, Tricky Britches, The Grassholes, the Jerks of Grass, performed. WMPG's Ceci Gilson, host of Thursday morning’s "Kitchen Party" program was the MC for the evening.
The Barn at Flanagan Farm is located at 668 Narragansett Trail in Buxton, Maine.
All proceeds from the Bluegrass Spectacular benefited WMPG Community Radio. For more information contact Dale Robin Goodman at 207 780-4151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, November 21st, WMPG broadcast USM Edtalks live from USM's Hannaford Hall.
This was a chance for the USM community to speak to a panel of Maine Senate and House Representatives about the rising cost of education, budget cuts and the future of public higher education in Maine. The forum was co-hosted by USM Student Government, The Free Press, WMPG, and the USM Executive Director of Student Life & Dean of Students. The moderator was Dr. Ron Schmidt, USM Associate Professor of Political Science.
Panel Participants included:
State Senator, Maine Senate President
Rebecca Millett, State Senator, Chair of Joint Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs
Andrew McLean, State Representative
Michael McClellan, State Representative
Matt Pouliot, State Representative
We couldn't have asked for a better day last Saturday as the Southern Maine Record and CD collectors converged on USM's Sullivan Gym for the 18th annual WMPG CD and Record Sale! Dealers from all over New England set up shop along with WMPG's crew as this highly anticipated event took place. A huge thanks goes out to all the WMPG Volunteers who made this event possible! For the "record" this was one of our largest sales to date. We brought in over $7,400 in sales! Thanks espcially to everyone who donated all those CDs and records.
It is hard to believe but we are already thinking of next year's sale. If you have any old records and CDs that are taking up space? We need them. We are in need of records and CDs for next year's sale. Here is a great way to help out your friends at WMPG! - Donate your records and CDs to WMPG for the sale. If you have records, CDs or old turntables taking up space and you don't know what to do with we will take them. The sales from the event go to help WMPG obtain equipment and offset other fees.
Call (207) 780-4424 or e-mail the email@example.com. Our crack team of drivers will quickly arrive at your house to clean away all those old records that are taking up space! We will then give you a receipt which can be used for a tax deduction! Thanks again for to everyone who already donated the records and CDs!
Printing assistance has been provided by our friends at CYBERCOPY located on Forest Avenue in Portland!
Rachel Talbot Ross is the State Director of the Maine NAACP, and President of the NAACP's Portland Branch. This morning, Ms. Talbot Ross visited the WMPG studios to participate an audio project being prepared for a MLK Day radio special.
She talked with WMPG Volunteer Reporter Lorenzo Raffa about today's response from Maine Governor Paul LePage to invitations from the Maine NAACP to attend events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King. If you would like to hear their conversation, Click here to listen.
Phoenix Glass Studio
630 Forest Avenue
Take whatever images your mind conjures up after hearing the phrase "stained glass" and smash'em.
Walking into Phoenix Glass Studio, one proceeds with the utmost delicacy; It's easy to feel like the bull in the china shop and to be intimidated by the beautiful glass pieces that compose the studio. But surprisingly, you'll be greeted by Sammy, a bulky and excitable Labrador - A bull in a china shop! You can feel completely at home.
Phoenix glass was established in 1976, and has survived many bulls in the forms of fires and vehicles. Their beautiful art, contemporary and hardy, has survived and is as striking as ever. Once in the Old Port, Phoenix studio is now settled in on 630 Forest Avenue, a lovely little hub with a plethora of windows (some newly discovered) perfect for their eclectic display.
We are proud to report that WMPG's own Blunt Youth Radio program was featured on the WCSH 207 program.
The Blunt Youth Radio Project produces a weekly call-in talk show that airs Monday nights from 7:30-8:30 on WMPG, Southern Maine Community Radio. High school age youth from the Portland area, both free and incarcerated, staff the show. Blunt Members are trained in all areas of radio production: interviewing, hosting, reporting, editing, and engineering. The show has won several Gold and Silver Reel Awards from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters and a number of First Place Radio News Awards from the Maine Association of Broadcasters.
Fred shows off his new Ogle with Master of Ceremonies, Jerry Stearns
Fred Greenhalgh, volunteer producer of the program Radio Drama Revival on WMPG, has won the Gold Ogle Award, an international audio drama award for Best Fantasy Audio Drama. He won it for "Waiting for a Window," a surreal tale of Norman, a sailor who finds himself stranded on a strange tropical island where no one ever seems to leave.
The half-hour drama was produced by Greenhalgh's Portland-based FinalRune Productions. It was recorded entirely on location in the Portland area -- at marinas, marshes, the beach, and an abandoned mill space in Biddeford. It debuted on WMPG, and features a talented local cast including Ed Patterson, Bill Dufris, and Philip Hobby.
Greenhalgh had the opportunity to personally receive the award in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the CONvergence festival.
The "Ogle" is named for Charles Ogle, who played the first Frankenstein's creation in Edison's silent 1910 film of the famous science fiction horror novel. The award celebrates the best fantasy/audio production of the year.
Greenhalgh's program can be heard each week on WMPG, Thursdsay afternoons from 1 to 1:30pm.
"There are a remarkable number of photographs of the Malaga Island community. Newspapers published several dozen photos over the years sometimes in a kind of newspaper photo-spread unusual for the time period. Photos were also taken for postcards. This postcard image was titled "The Deuce of Spades." In the picture is probably Annie Parker holding Pearl Tripp. Some contend this picture was posed purposefully in an animal pen. Photo Courtesy Maine Historic Preservation."
In 1912, the state of Maine evicted about forty-five people from Malaga Island off the coast of Phippsburg. The island residents were poor, black, white, and mixed race. The eviction is typically viewed as a shameful moment in the state's history. WMPG-FM, in collaboration with the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, announces the premier of Malaga Island: A Story Best Left Untold, a radio and photo documentary recounting this infamous event and its impact on several generations of descendents.
Malaga Island: A Story Best Left Untold includes an hour-long radio program plus a gallery show featuring photographs, audio, and a panel discussion. The radio documentary aired on WMPG, February 26th. A gallery opening will took place at Salt.
"This is one of those stories where people say 'That happened in Maine?!' or 'The state did what?!' Then they say 'Tell me more,'" said Rob Rosenthal, radio producer for Malaga Island: A Story Best Left Untold....
How does a 32-year-old alt-rock/goth band get the fans
excited about a new album months in advance of the album’s release
date? Well, to prepare for the 13th album by 80s alt-rock/goth heroes
The Cure, 4:13 Dream, the 4-man band led by Robert Smith, released singles
on the 13th of each month leading up to the album’s initial release
date of September 13th. Each of these singles had non-album B-sides, which
have always been a Cure staple. However, the album got pushed back to
October 13th and was ultimately released on October 28th. After a remix
EP was released on September 13th to tide fans over, the album arrived
and is the first album since 1989’s Disintegration that, for the
most part, sounds like The Cure we used to know.
4:13 Dream opens up like several Cure albums past –
with a long track. In this case, it’s the song “Underneath
The Stars.” The song echoes back to Disintegration, by far the band’s
biggest album to date. First single “The Only One” also echoes
back of Cure days past, to songs like 1985’s “In Between Days,”
1987’s “Just Like Heaven” and 1992’s “High.”
It’s refreshing considering how awful 2004’s self-titled album
was. There was maybe one good song on the whole thing. It’s nice
to see Robert Smith and Co. going back to basics.
The album does, I feel, take a couple of missteps in
the songs “The Real Snow White” and former single “Freakshow.”
These songs sound like the more recent Cure offerings and they don’t
feel like they belong in any album. They just seem out of sorts compared
to all of the other great cuts. Other highlights on 4:13 Dream include
the sweet but short “Sirensong”; one of the singles and my
favorite song on the album, “The Perfect Boy”; the simple
but lovely “This, Here And Now, With You”; and, “Sleep
When I’m Dead,” which sounded to me at first like an older
Cure song – and now I know why. Upon further reading, “Sleep
When I’m Dead” is actually a song that was originally written
for the 1985 album The Head On The Door.
Do I think like The Cure are headed back in the right
direction? Yeah, I do. 4:13 Dream is the first studio album that reunites
original member Porl Thompson with the band since 1992’s Wish. And,
strangely enough, in Spain, where the Cure have never had much success,
the first three singles off the album have all gone to #1, with “The
Perfect Boy” reaching #2. This album makes me look forward to their
next effort, so I can applaud that one as well, because I believe the
Dream is real – that The Cure can (and will) still make some truly
Next time you bring back bottles and cans you can help support your favorite local community radio station...And you don't even have to get dirty! CLYNK, a new local redemption program, will let you turn in a bag of bottles and/or cans at any participating Hannaford and will credit it to WMPG. There are special bags, which you can pick up here at WMPG, that have a barcode. Want us to mail you a few of them - no problem! Shoot us an e-mail to WMPG Station Manager. When you fill them up and drop them off the barcode will credit your (5 and 15 cent) returns to us! It's that easy.
Participating Hannaford stores include: Biddeford, Brunswick, Buxton, Falmouth, Lakes Region (Windham), Portland (Forest Ave), Saco, Sanford, Scarborough (CLYNK's flagship location), South Portland (Mill Creek), Topsham, Westbrook, Yarmouth, and York.
A big thanks to Jan, host of Local Motives, who had some quick thinking when she learned about the program and added us in!
For more than ten years WMPG DJ's had Phil Hersey to thank for keeping all the equipment up and running. Phil's favorite time at WMPG was either late at night repairing equipment or when a band was playing and he was the engineer. Phil was the WMPG Technical Director and engineer for our Local Motives program, the program dedicated to live local music. If you were in a local band around here for the last decade, chance are Phil made you sound good. He was an institution within the local music scene. Phil passed away in 2004 and last year WMPG DJ Lars Lindgren completed this monument to him. If you want to hear some of Phil's work just call one of our DJs and ask for some local music. We have more than 500 recordings in our library which he mastered. We miss ya Phil but are happy that your passion and love for live music has lived on here at WMPG!
Have you ever wondered what WMPG's music library looked like or perhaps the on-air studio? If yes, then here it is, we recently took out our digital camera and took a walking tour. Take a look at our 67,000 cds and 30,000 lps! Check out our new audio console compliments of the Maine Association of Broadcasters. Meet a few of the people that keep WMPG running! Thanks to Stephanie Sample for the creative editing of the video.